Train to Busan 2 (2020)

Train to Busan 2 (aka Peninsula)
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writer: Sang-ho Yeon, Ryu Yong-jae
Sequel to: Train to Busan (kinda)
Cast: Dong-won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee, Re Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon, Min-Jae Kim, Kyo-hwan Koo, Do-yoon Kim, Ye-Won Lee
Seen on: 9.10.2020

Plot:
4 years ago, Jung-seok (Dong-won Gang) lost most of his family in the zombie virus outbreak when he tried to use his military connections to get them out of the country. All that is left is his rather useless brother-in-law Chul-min (Do-yoon Kim). Four years later, Jung-seok is out of the army and Chul-min has a knack for getting them both in trouble. His most recent escapades put him in the crosshairs of a group of gangsters who pressure Chul-min and Jung-seok to return to South Korea to get something from the zombie-infested wasteland it became. But things don’t go the way anybody had planned and Jung-seok has to find a way to get out of South Korea again.

I was very excited to get a sequel to Train to Busan, but really the only thing that Peninsula shares with it is that it is set in the same world as Train to Busan. Unfortuntately it can’t keep up with the high standard Train to Busan set and was ultimately a disappointment.

The film poster showing a landscape filled with car wrecks, a zombie herd in the distance, and a lone gunman in front of them.
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Re-Watch: Busanhaeng [Train to Busan] (2016)

Busanhaeng
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writer: Sang-ho Yeon, Joo-Suk Park
Cast: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi, Sohee, Eui-sung Kim
Seen on: 9.10.2020
[Here’s my first review.]

Plot:
Seok-Woo (Yoo Gong) is busy with work and he doesn’t really have time for his daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim). After he gets her the wrong birthday present, she wants to go home to her mother who is divorced from Seok-Woo and lives in Busan. Seok-Woo is less than happy about that idea, but finally gives in and boards the train from Seoul to Busan with Soo-an the next day. But even as they make their way to the train station, something seems to be off. It’s only after the train has left, though, and the passengers find themselves trapped with zombies, that they realize how off things really are.

Train to Busan pretty much blew me away when I saw it the first time. So, I wanted to make sure to re-watch it before seeing the (quasi) sequel, on the one hand, to make sure I haven’t been making the film better in my head than it was and, on the other hand, to see an excellent movie again. Fortunately, Train to Busan absolutely holds up – it is still a fantastic film.

The film poster showing the main characters of the film running through debris in front of a train.
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Busanhaeng [Train to Busan] (2016)

Busanhaeng
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writer: Sang-ho Yeon, Joo-Suk Park
Cast: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi, Sohee, Eui-sung Kim
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Seok-Woo (Yoo Gong) is busy with work and he doesn’t really have time for his daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim). After he gets her the wrong birthday present, she wants to go home to her mother who is divorced from Seok-Woo and lives in Busan. Seok-Woo is less than happy about that idea, but finally gives in and boards the train from Seoul to Busan with Soo-an the next day. But even as they make their way to the train station, something seems to be off. It’s only after the train has left, though, and the passengers find themselves trapped with  zombies, that they realize how off things really are.

Train to Busan is one hell of a (zombie) film: emotional, funny and scary, it really works on pretty much every level while being absolutely entertaining.

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